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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Dec 1, 2009 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: beyond parody

Thanks Rob, I appreciate the analysis.

Must correct you on one point though - this forum provides a venue for people to piss their pants in public, for everyone to see. And, consequently, there are reprocussions.

This public display of a complete lack of self control by unnamed individuals generates a wide range of emotional response in people browing the forums.

As Diana said, seeing this kind of behavior is disconcerting at best and most of the times, simply off-putting.

I'll just take the position of Switzerland for now. In any case, thank you for entertaining that thought experiment.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 1, 2009 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: beyond parody

If you'll allow me another crack at the whip my point, inadequately expressed, was that some people derive pleasure from saying things that seem clever to themselves but which are transparently derisory to everyone else. Self delusion is a powerful thing - not so much a lack of self control as a lack of self awareness.

And thank you too for your civilised debating skills - they are much appreciated.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Dec 1, 2009 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: beyond parody

"some people derive pleasure from saying things that seem clever to themselves but which are transparently derisory to everyone else. Self delusion is a powerful thing - not so much a lack of self control as a lack of self awareness."

I have found that when someone I respect tells me in a very direct way that I am behaving like an asshole - it serves as a catalyst for self awareness, which in turn leads to a concerted effort on my part to change my behavior in order to be a more pleasant companion and a more humble human being.

Is this kind of cause-effect possible on an internet forum? We shall find out sooner or later.

It's been truly a pleasure to be here this evening. See you next time.